Once selected for a course abroad, you have the right to be elated. But, you won’t realize how quickly the more tedious aspects of the pre-departure process emerge and require your attention. One of those things that will most likely stress you out is the student visa interview. To continue your studies abroad, you will likely need a student visa. But, it’s not just a simple application process; you will have to go to the officers and be interviewed. This, my friend, is a very important step towards approving your visa application.
A student visa interview might seem like a piece of cake, but you’ll be surprised to learn that there are tons of applications that get rejected due to poor interview performance. A visa interview is conducted to understand the reasons for the trip. No country wants to admit immigrants without a genuine purpose of being on its territory. So basically an interview is part of the due diligence process and you can’t escape it. However, what you can do is prepare well for the interview. Let me help you a little!
The first thing you need to take care of is your appearance. You go to an embassy or a consulate and it is not a playground. You shouldDon’t come in with your shaggy hair and your hoodie. Your goal is to deliver in a formal interview, not to chat with one of your buddies. Come in proper formal wear, groomed hair, and less makeup. Walk upright, speak politely and show the customary gestures that prevail in your country. Just think of the whole process as a job interview. Always remember, the first impression is the last impression.
Connection with your country
If you have applied for a student visa, it is assumed that you intend to stay in the country you are interested in for the duration of your studies. Then you plan to return to your home country. During the interview, you must prove your links with your country of origin; many ways show it, such as jobs, family, inheritance etc. You will be specifically asked about your intentions during your stay abroad and what you intend to do after you finish your studies. So make sure you present a solid record of your ties to your home country.
Speak fluently and confidently
As a rule, you are allowed to choose the language in which you want your interview to be conducted. Most embassies or consulates offer such options depending on the location. In India, for example, the United States Consulate in Mumbai offers a number of language options such as Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, and English. However, it is recommended that you give the interview in the language in which you will be studying at the university abroad. In this way, you will be able to develop confidence in the mind of the interviewer that you are well equipped to participate in the academic endeavor undertaken. Also, keep in mind the fluidity of your speech. Be as confident as possible so that there is no room for doubt.
Know the program well
Like I said, you must have a purpose to migrate to a foreign country. You have applied for a student visa, which means that you intend to pursue higher education in a specific field of study. The interviewer, as you might expect, will want you to display appropriate knowledge of the program you have chosen and how it fits into your career plan. You must prove that your decision to continue the program in the country you are interested in will benefit you once you return to your home country. If you fail to convince the interviewer on this aspect, you will be seen as someone who intends to immigrate and everything to do with further education is a smokescreen.
Keep it succinct
If you thought you will have enough time during the interview, you are very, very wrong. A consulate receives a significant number of visa applications each year, which means that they are limited in time in conducting interviews. Investigators don’t have all the time in the world to devote to you. So be very specific and concise in your answers. Don’t resort to dramatic explanations because they won’t work. Just answer the question you were asked and save everyone time!
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